Your home is meant to be the place you escape to after work so you can relax after a long day. Sadly, if you’re working from home, this isn’t always the case. When your living space is your office, lines get blurred and it can be difficult to switch off at the end of the day. It can be tempting to power on until the evening but doing this in the long-term can leave you burnt out and stressed. Here are some ways to unwind after spending the day working from home.
Bathroom = Mini Spa!
Although you might not be able to set off to an actual spa right now, you can indulge in some self-care from the comfort of your own home. Cue up your favourite podcast or album to listen to. Next, light some scented candles to set the mood and unwind in the tub with Bloom Bath Soak and let the uplifting scents of neroli and jasmine work their magic.
Or else you can treat yourself to a mini-facial – give your skin a thorough cleanse with Superdrug’s Charcoal Peel Off Mask. Leave on for 20 minutes (or an episode of Friends), peel off and follow up with B. Hydrated Booster and B. Calming Moisture Cream to leave dry, stressed skin supremely nourished.
Sweat It Out
If you’ve had a challenging day, the endorphins released by exercise can lift the mood and help you sleep better. Doing a physical activity (even if it’s just a workout video in front of the TV), can help you to get ‘out of your head’ and just focus on the task at hand. It can also wake up sluggish limbs if you’ve been sat at a desk all day.
Rather than binge-watching reality shows or depressing yourself with news bulletins, do something that engages a different part of your brain. Whether it’s adult colouring, cooking, knitting or even writing fanfiction, getting lost in a fun activity that doesn’t raise your stress levels is a good way of disengaging from work.
Now, We're Walking!
It might be tempting just to move from the laptop to switching on the TV after work. But instead of swapping one screen for another, getting out in the fresh hair can help clear your mind and also feel like you’ve left work behind you. A change of scenery can also help your mind disassociate with work, so when you come back, you’re walking into your ‘home’ as opposed to the ‘office’.
Make Your Bed an Email-Free Zone
As tempting as it is to check emails and Slack messages on your phone right up until lights out, it will do nothing for your relaxation levels! Your brain will stay in ‘work mode’ and instead of enjoying much-needed down time, you’ll be stressing about what there is to do the following today. If you’re bored at home and need someone to chat to, don’t ‘talk shop’ with your colleagues. Message or video chat with friends instead.